ND football, lacrosse player Yeatman headed to Maryland

Updated: December 30, 2008, 4:14 PM ET
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Former Notre Dame football and lacrosse player Will Yeatman will transfer to Maryland.

The tight end and attackman will enroll in January and be eligible to play lacrosse in the spring. He must sit out a year for football, and can join the Terrapins squad in 2010.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder had been granted his release from the Irish, but he is still waiting on a waiver to be allowed to play lacrosse in spring 2009.

Yeatman originally told Notre Dame that he wanted to transfer to North Carolina to continue his football and lacrosse careers. But it is believed that Notre Dame had refused to grant Yeatman's release to the Tar Heels because UNC is on Notre Dame's 2009 lacrosse schedule.

Scheduling conflicts with both football and lacrosse narrowed Yeatman's options to ACC schools Duke, Maryland and Virginia and Rutgers. A lacrosse All-American and highly touted football prospect coming out of Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) High School, Yeatman visited College Park, Md., before eventually settling on Notre Dame.

After sitting out the 2009 football season, as per NCAA rules, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. He will have three years of eligibility for lacrosse. As a freshman in 2007, Yeatman earned honorable mention All-America honors after scoring 21 goals and adding 25 assists in his only season with ND's lacrosse team.

Yeatman played in three games this fall for the Irish football team before being suspended after an arrest for underage drinking, false informing and resisting arrest at an off-campus party in September. According to The South Bend Tribune, though, formal charges have yet to be filed in that case.

He missed the 2008 lacrosse season following an operating while intoxicated arrest last January. If Yeatman does land at Maryland, he'll join an attack that returns three sophomores (Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young) that started last year and were the team's top three scorers (100 combined points). The Terps, ranked No. 3 preseason by Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook, would have the nation's biggest attack duo with Catalino (6-5, 240 pounds) and Yeatman.

Information from InsideLacrosse.com was used in this report.

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